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news August 12, 2017
The same-sex marriage postal vote
The methodology being used to test the public mood on same-sex marriage is dividing both the Liberal Party and constitutional experts – and further diminishing the prime minister’s standing among his own.
news July 29, 2017
The impact of public sentiment on the economy
More than ever, markets read between the lines, making volatile every pronouncement by the government or Reserve Bank.
news August 05, 2017
Parliamentary push for same-sex marriage
After weeks of cross-party communication, a plan has formed to bring legislation for same-sex marriage into its final phase.
news July 22, 2017
Dutton’s rise to Home Affairs super ministry
Acting beyond official recommendations, Malcolm Turnbull has created a super ministry for Peter Dutton – possibly to shore up his own leadership.
news July 22, 2017
Greens and the dual citizenship debacle
The resignations of the Greens’ two co-deputy leaders has sent MPs scrambling to check their citizenship qualifications, and has led to calls for constitutional revision.
news July 15, 2017
ADF special forces over-used as default first option
Reports of alleged misconduct involving ADF special forces come as the elite troops are increasingly preferred for deployment.
news July 08, 2017
Planning for Tony Abbott’s exit
As Tony Abbott campaigns to reform Liberal preselection in NSW, it has emerged his own branch hired a headhunter to find his replacement.
news July 01, 2017
Inside the bitter Greens civil war
The suspension of Greens NSW senator Lee Rhiannon is less about Gonski than it is about ongoing animosities and a federal push to reform the party’s decision-making processes.
news June 24, 2017
Final chapter in Adani loan deal
While the dealings of the government’s Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility remain shrouded in secrecy, pressure mounts over funding for the Adani rail line.
news June 17, 2017
The politics of the Finkel review
When Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg briefed Coalition MPs on the Finkel review’s recommendations for a clean energy target, all eyes were on Tony Abbott and his supporters.
news June 10, 2017
Terror attacks spark security rethink
Recent terrorist attacks have state and federal authorities considering new policing methods, parole and bail conditions, and public awareness campaigns.
news June 03, 2017
The making of the Uluru statement
Behind the landmark Uluru statement are years of conservative negotiation and compromise, led by Noel Pearson.